Technical approach to finalizing sensible soil cleanup levels at the Fernald Environmental Management Project

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The remedial strategy for addressing contaminated environmental media was recently finalized for the US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) following almost 10 years of detailed technical analysis. The FEMP represents one of the first major nuclear facilities to successfully complete the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) phase of the environmental restoration process. A critical element of this success was the establishment of sensible cleanup levels for contaminated soil and groundwater both on and off the FEMP property. These cleanup levels were derived based upon a strict application of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) regulations ... continued below

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Carr, D.; Hertel, B.; Jewett, M.; Janke, R. & Conner, B. February 1, 1996.

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  • Carr, D.
  • Hertel, B. Fernald Environmental Restoration Management Corp., Cincinnati, OH (United States)
  • Jewett, M. Brown and Root (United States)
  • Janke, R. USDOE Fernald Area Office (United States)
  • Conner, B. Smith Environmental (United States)

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The remedial strategy for addressing contaminated environmental media was recently finalized for the US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP) following almost 10 years of detailed technical analysis. The FEMP represents one of the first major nuclear facilities to successfully complete the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) phase of the environmental restoration process. A critical element of this success was the establishment of sensible cleanup levels for contaminated soil and groundwater both on and off the FEMP property. These cleanup levels were derived based upon a strict application of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) regulations and guidance, coupled with positive input from the regulatory agencies and the local community regarding projected future land uses for the site. The approach for establishing the cleanup levels was based upon a Feasibility Study (FS) strategy that examined a bounding range of viable future land uses for the site. Within each land use, the cost and technical implications of a range of health-protective cleanup levels for the environmental media were analyzed. Technical considerations in driving these cleanup levels included: direct exposure routes to viable human receptors; cross- media impacts to air, surface water, and groundwater; technical practicality of attaining the levels; volume of affected media; impact to sensitive environmental receptors or ecosystems; and cost. This paper will discuss the technical approach used to support the finalization of the cleanup levels for the site. The final cleanup levels provide the last remaining significant piece to the puzzle of establishing a final site-wide remedial strategy for the FEMP, and positions the facility for the expedient completion of site-wide remedial activities.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96007290

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  • Waste management `96: HLW, LLW, mixed wastes and environmental restoration - working towards a cleaner environment, Tucson, AZ (United States), 25-29 Feb 1996

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  • Other: DE96007290
  • Report No.: FEMP--2476
  • Report No.: CONF-960212--23
  • Grant Number: AC24-92OR21972
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 205877
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc671265

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Carr, D.; Hertel, B.; Jewett, M.; Janke, R. & Conner, B. Technical approach to finalizing sensible soil cleanup levels at the Fernald Environmental Management Project, article, February 1, 1996; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc671265/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.